No matter the season, we love flowers. But now that we've sprung forward an hour and the temperatures have climbed above forty degrees, we're feeling the floral love even more. After all, spring is all about fresh starts. Read: 'Tis the season for cleaning, blooms, and allergy medicine. So learn how to make beautiful floral centerpieces to impress guests and beautify your home without having to make any major design changes. Wherever you place your flowers, these designer ideas and tricks will have 'em looking better and lasting longer than ever.
Groupings of nosegays can be more romantic than one big vase full. Designer and gardener Carolyne Roehm recommends arranging them naturally, like the blooms just came from the garden.
A pedestal table like this is the perfect place to perch a floral arrangement in a hallway, entrance, or corner that needs a little extra attention. We love the way this one plays with light, making the vignette look more like an art installation than everyday decor.
If you don't like flowers because they die quickly, decorate with dry flowers and plants instead. Pampas grass is a particularly lovely option. It exudes that signature California-cool vibe but still fits in with a modern, neutral color palette, making it perfect for subtle spring decorating. Just take note from this Catherine Kwong-designed living room.
Though many different flower arrangements would work beautifully here thanks to the colorful wall art, the purple pansies really bring this bedroom to life. The takeaway? Match your floral arrangements to nearby artwork, as seen in this bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke.
For a splashy accent, think of the color wheel and choose complementary shades. For example, these peach roses pop inside this gray-blue room while speaking to the coral arm chair.
Even a super formal and modern space can feel inviting with the right floral centerpiece. The floral motif in the carpet softens up the cool gray colors and architectural console table and lamps, while the oversized branches put us in touch with nature.
Why should your yard get to enjoy the hydrangea blooms all by itself? In an eclectic bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke, a beautiful pastel cluster perks up a shapely black table. They complement the bedding without being too matchy-matchy as well.
Designer Heather Taylor recreated the motif on her great-grandmother's plates for a garden party's bouquets. "Even if guests don't notice the reference, it's a lovely detail that adds a fun symmetry," she says of the bluebells and marigolds.
This gorgeous floral arrangement is all the console table needs to go from low-key to photo-ready. It still works within the preexisting neutral color scheme, yet makes the whole space feel so much more alive.
These eye-catching flowers fit right into this space designed by Arent & Pyke, where lighting and furniture double as artwork. They incorporate the pink swirls of the marble table as well the pale lavender light fixture. Tropical flowers like this will always deliver vivid color and intrigue.
Orange isn't just for Halloween. Photographer and author Ngoc Minh Ngo collaborated with floral designer Nicolette Owen to design a citrus-y spring tablescape, placing flowers in small containers of varying heights and styles.
For a unique look, play with scale and proportion. We love how these tall branches introduce some grandiosity, even while perched on a low console table or media cabinet.
This living room designed by 2LG Studio is ready for spring. The yellow tulips on the mantle and bright peonies on the coffee table are both low-lift but powerful additions for a spring refresh.
You can't go wrong with blue and white — with blooms or vessels. Here, Frances Palmer Pottery's Cambridge pitcher and Vigee vase rest on Clarence House's Milano velvet.
Have we mentioned the power of flowers yet? The rich pigment of these orchids change the entire feel of this living room designed by Arent & Pyke. A simple glass vase let's the flowers steal the spotlight. The colorful throw pillow does a nice job dressing up the more casual elements of the room, too, like the jute rug and linen upholstery.
Metal, ceramic and even colored glass vessels are more forgiving than clear vases—especially if you plan to use foam, marbles or a flower frog for stability.
Displayed in a pair of wide glass vases, this bursting arrangement instantly brightens a sideboard. But the vessels can also be repositioned to fill two ends of a long dining table.
Branches covered in burgundy leaves have a decidedly sophisticated aesthetic. They fit in perfectly with this modern dining room designed by Arent & Pyke while the colorful ceramic vase softens things up.
Placed in a clear vase, these coral flowers make the coffee table book pop even more.
Liven up a country kitchen or rustic breakfast buffet table with bright yellow wildflowers. An aged vase will contribute to the historied feel.
Go ahead and pile on the color. Lilacs from the garden add another energetic burst to a living room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber.
We love how the flowers pick up on the peach-hued drapes and blush coffee table while the inky black vases speak to the walls and general elegance of the space. They also bring in so much more texture.
Eclectic decor can benefit from a cohesive color scheme. An all-blue palette refreshes the onetime hotel that John Knott and John Fondas transformed into their Maine summer house.
This floral arrangement adds a fun tropical quirk to the industrial space. It proves that even a converted warehouse building can feel like a tropical vacation with the right floral arrangement.
Flowers that bloom at the same time — like lilacs and tulips — often look beautiful in a bouquet. For fillers, use whatever's green and growing near them, advises Roehm.
Roses paired with citrus and wispy branches makes for a dramatic and colorful centerpiece. Surrounded by black candles, this tablescape is the perfect blend of edgy and whimsy.
You only need a small display of gardenias to completely transform a space. They smell sultry and intoxicating and look romantic, making them perfect for just about any space. In this living room designed by Arent & Pyke, they soften up the modern edge.
The most useful vase is mid-sized with a slightly flared opening, says Roehm. The volume of flowers and the container itself are inherently balanced.
Lined up in a neat row, these exaggerated, tall stems play up the eclectic personality of this living room designed by Hecker Guthrie. Stretching from the mantle to the ceiling, the flowers are both playful and irreverent, elegant and artful.
A bright bouquet of vibrant peonies (as seen here in a San Francisco home designed by Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey) is an easy way to wake up a neutral room.
A modern vase will contrast beautifully with dainty pink flowering branches. Together, they will give a traditional room the perfect touch of contemporary coolness.
In Brian McCarthy and Daniel Sager's Kerhonkson, New York, house, a bright bouquet of sunflowers sits on a suzani-covered table.
Arrangements in the dining room echo a New York farmhouse's deep purple living room. Paired with lavender glassware and linens, full-petaled sweet peas, and anemones add their own shot of color.
Flowers aren't just a spring thing. Ceramist Frances Palmer made fall flowers the guests of honor at an autumn luncheon. Raspberry branches and dill weed fill out the dahlia arrangements.
Keep things fresh with a monochromatic centerpiece. Interior designer Marshall Watson says, "I love those voluptuous peonies and roses mixed with the fragile viburnums. Doing flowers like these doesn't take much time, and it gives the room a sense that it's alive."
This delightfully overgrown bouquet amps up its rustic design when placed in a birch vase (like this one). Its "just-picked" style is especially striking next to a tidy terrarium of succulents.
Sometimes, all it takes is an eccentric vase (or in this case, two) to make a statement. In this Philadelphia dining room, designed by Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley, a pair of majolica parrots hold rhododendrons and butterfly weed.
Unscented flowers can be beautiful to look at, but ultimately sort of a letdown. While some people believe fragrant blooms such as tuberose or gardenia don't belong on a dinner table, Roehm says this rule is overstated.
Balance a sparse bunch of flowers with overflowing bowls of fruit, like in this dining room by Miles Redd.
Showcase your heirlooms with a helping of fresh flowers. In a Manhattan apartment, Qing vases flank an earthenware jar acquired by the homeowner's family 75 years ago.
Corralled on a glimmering silver tray, a group of mismatched (but all clear) vessels is unexpected, but not cluttered. Plus, this arrangement offers each individual bloom a starring role.
Bold rooms deserve bold blooms. In the library of a London townhouse, crimson peonies stand up to the daring red wall color.
This tonal spectrum of orange, pink and red tulips by Carolyne Roehm dazzles the eye. Plus, the tulips turn and face nearby sunlight for a magical effect.
The only thing prettier than blue-and-white porcelain vase is a flower arrangement inside of it.
Romantic blooms really say "It's spring!" They also add a pop of color to this accent table in Kelee Katillac's Kansas City apartment.
Dahlia blooms are placed on a George III-style mahogany chair in a Brooklyn townhouse designed by Miles Redd.
Textile designer Michael Devine conjures a romantic, swoon-worthy alfresco fete. He wired fanciful faux butterflies into the floral arrangements, making them appear to be fluttering throughout the Queen Anne's lace.
In the library of a New York apartment, peonies and cockscomb sit on a coffee table inlaid with ebony, ivory and tortoiseshell.
A shimmery nightstand in an Amanda Nisbet-designed New York City apartment meets its match in this arrangement of calla lilies.
Don't discount your home's existing style. These exotic blooms, also called "pincushion flowers," enliven the terrace of a Moroccan-inspired house.
For a glam look, try using a metallic vase. It'll elevate the flowers and the room, like these colorful roses in a Brooklyn apartment.
The fireplace in a California cottage showcases two of designer Krista Ewart's "obsessions" — elephants and bold colors.